Date of Award


Document Type



Biblical and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Sharon Baker


My interest in, and understanding of, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been largely shaped by the time I spent in the Middle East in the fall of 2007. Taking part in the Middle East Studies Program, I lived in Cairo, Egypt, for the semester, and traveled to various other places in Egypt, Turkey, and the Middle East. One of our courses on the program was on the Arab-Israeli conflict. In November, we spent two weeks in Jerusalem, visiting various sites in Israel and the West Bank and meeting with student groups and listening to speakers from both the Israeli and Palestinian side of the conflict; we also learned much about the conflict and the broader political culture of the Middle East through conversations with Arabs in other parts of the Middle East ( and with Turks, in Turkey) and readings, class discussions, and the like.